DALLAS (AP) - There are a couple of games Oklahoma State would like to have back.
Purdue certainly feels the same way, especially with the near-misses the Boilermakers had on the road against two of the nation's undefeated teams.
By losing its last two games by a combined 10 points, Oklahoma State became one of five Big 12 teams that finished 7-5 and slid down the league's bowl pecking order.
The Boilermakers (6-6), who had tight losses at top-ranked Notre Dame and No. 3 Ohio State, recovered from a five-game Big Ten losing streak midway through the season by winning their last three games just to get bowl eligible.
On Tuesday, they play in the inaugural Heart of Dallas Bowl at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium.
Purdue (6-6) vs. Oklahoma State (7-5), noon (ESPN)
At the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
Line: Oklahoma State by 17
Series Record: Purdue leads 1-0
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Oklahoma State is trying to avoid its first three-game losing streak since 2005. The Cowboys already have consecutive losses for the first time in three years, with losses to Oklahoma and Baylor to end the regular season. Purdue is going for its fourth consecutive win since a five-game losing streak that included a three-point loss at Notre Dame and an overtime loss at Ohio State.
Oklahoma State offensive line vs. Purdue defensive front. Even with three different starting quarterbacks, the Cowboys offensive line has allowed only 10 sacks all season. Two of Purdue's front-line defenders, end Ryan Russell and tackle Kawann Short, have combined for nine sacks and 22 tackles for losses.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Purdue: RB Akeem Shavers is the Boilermakers leading rusher with 778 yards and six touchdowns. The senior's best stretch was during the regular season-ending three-game winning streak, when he had 289 yards and three TDs.
Oklahoma State: WR Josh Stewart and RB Joseph Randle. Stewart has 96 catches for 1,154 yards and seven touchdowns. He had more than 100 yards receiving in four of the last six games, with 23 catches for 297 yards the last two. Randle is the Big 12's leading rusher with 1,351 yards (112.6 per game).
FACTS & FIGURES
The only other meeting between the teams was in another bowl in Texas, the 1997 Alamo Bowl the Boilermakers won 33-20. ... Using three starting quarterbacks because of injuries, Oklahoma State still has 4,001 yards passing, the second most in school history. ... Cowboys are 4-2 in bowl games under Mike Gundy. ... Purdue QB Robert Marve completed 63 of 88 passes (72 percent) for 792 yards and seven TDs the last three games.
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